With every year that passes, Netflix has continued to evolve and grow as a contender against major studios. 2019 proved to be no different. From gangster epics to quirky Rom-Coms to stylish period pieces, Netflix has proven its eclectic taste as a powerhouse production studio. With big contenders competing for the most prestigious awards, 2019 Netflix movies have dominated. Among the record-breaking number of Netflix movies produced in 2019 (over 70), we managed to create a list of the 10 best 2019 Netflix movies.
Writer and director of the widely acclaimed Nightcrawler Dan Gilroy returns with this equally twisted thriller. Gilroy teams up with Jake Gyllenhaal yet again as he plays Morf Vandewalt, a renowned art critic. The film follows Morf as he and his colleagues profit from a dead artist’s collection. The success turns south when everyone associated with the art begins to die in horrifying ways.
Despite some less redeeming Final Destination characteristics of the film, Velvet Buzzsaw’s intriguing premise makes for a solid watch.
Best Netflix Romantic Comedy of 2019
The romantic comedy is a genre that has hit a slump and Netflix is trying to fix that. With the hilarious leads of Ali Wong and Randall Park, Always Be My Maybe finds a balancing act of hilarious and quirky antics with painful relatability.
The Netflix movie follows two childhood friends who find themselves resparking a romance in a years later reunion. With a hilarious cameo from a douchebag caricature version of Keanu Reeves, Always Be My Maybe is a solid shot at Netflix’s revival of the romantic comedy.
Best Netflix Original Movies 2019
Vince Gilligan returns with this extension of one of the most highly regarded TV series of all time Breaking Bad. The film follows Jesse Pinkman in an epilogue to the Breaking Bad series. While the film itself contains all you expect and want from a Vince Gilligan movie, it does niche down to those who have seen the show (if you haven’t, now's the time). However, as a fan of Breaking Bad it would be a disservice to not acknowledge El Camino as one of 2019’s best Netflix movies.
Netflix’s Best Sports Drama of 2019
Steven Soderbergh is back again utilizing his iPhone cinematography to tell this dialogue driven sports drama. The film follows Ray Burke, a hustling, work driven sports agent who is trying to reassure a new client during an NBA lockout. The film is packed with dense dialogue and is creatively intercut with interviews of actual NBA players addressing certain aspects of sports that the film brings up.
Best Netflix Dramas of 2019
Logistically speaking, a film about two elderly men talking over the course of two hours should be nothing short of mundane. However, when you bring in Oscar worthy performances by both Anthony Hopkins and Jonathon Pryce to deliver the conflict laden, and often humorous dialogue of screenwriter Anthony McCarden you get a film that will surpass all of your expectations.
The film follows the speculative conversations between sternly conservative Pope Benedict (Hopkins) and the transparently simple Pope Francis (Pryce) during one of the most shocking transitions in recent history of the Catholic Church.
Best Netflix Documentary of 2019
Documentary filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognart find themselves at a former General Motors factory that has been acquired by Fuyao Glass, a Chinese windshield manufacturer. The Netflix movie begins as a short lived optimistic revival of a community and soon turns to chronicle the conflict that occurs in the evolving 21st-century workplace. Cultures clash between blue collar American workers and efficiency driven Chinese employees with rumors of unionizing and automation filling the factory. American Factory’s relevance and open conversation stand out among the many Netflix movies of 2019.
Best Biographical Netflix Original of 2019
What can only be summed up as the most unique, underdog, feel-good film of the year, Dolemite is My Name proves that Eddie Murphy is still a force on the big screen. This behind-the-scenes comedy of hustler and entertainer Rudy Ray Moore (Murphy) and his antics that lead to the production of the 1975 blaxploitation film Dolemite will have you laughing out loud while inspiring you to chase your dreams all at the same time. As Rudy Ray Moore finds himself succeeding despite Hollywood and not because of it, it is only appropriate that Dolemite finds its way to our list of best Netflix movies of 2019.
Best Crime-Drama Netflix Originals 2019
3. The Irishman
This gangster epic that has been on Scorsese’s shelf for years was brought to life thanks to Netflix. Scorsese drew from fact and fiction in The Irishman to create this gangster epic. Despite the rather noticeable anti-aging effects, The Irishman would not be ranked among classic Scorsese films without heavyweight performances from Joe Pesci, Al Pacino, and Robert DeNiro. The Irishman script follows Frank Sheeran (DeNiro), a mobster hitman who finds himself working with legendary Teamster Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino) as Hoffa gets tied up with organized crime. Scorsese’s filmmaking style meets new themes of morality and mortality as it follows these mob leaders into their elderly years.
Best Animated Netflix Originals 2019
Picked up at the Cannes film festival after receiving the top prize in Critics’ Week, Jérémy Clapin’s I Lost My Body is a heartwarmingly bizarre story of a severed hand’s journey back to find the body from which it belongs. The film is reminiscent and compelling as it unfolds against the vibrant backdrop of Paris. What seems as a rather outlandish protagonist, the dismembered hand soon gains our empathy as we understand its struggle and its longing for its journey.
I Lost My Body is proof that not all great Netflix movies have to be big budget productions trying to compete with major studios. The style of the film is modest yet backed up by beautiful artwork as well as a brilliant screenplay.
Best Netflix Dramas of 2019
Within the first fifteen minutes of the film, writer and director Noah Baumbach reminds us of the details of both love and heartbreak in this witty and devastating tale of divorce.
Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver deliver gut wrenchingly convincing performances that encapsulate the financial and emotional toll of a divorce carried out by lawyers. Baumbach utilizes his personal experiences to create the details of intimacy and conflict that makes this film so painfully relatable.
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